Finding genuine but previously unknown or
long-lost manuscripts can be a publisher’s dream. Narratives by early
American writers — as diverse as pioneer midwives or former slaves — still create minor sensations and career-enhancing moments for scholars.
A photo of children being buried after an attack in Ukraine
led the Sept. 9 New York Times. I looked at it repeatedly, turning away, then returning. No
gore. No bloody bandages. No hovering physicians. A few grieving relatives and